I woke up from alcohol fueled sleep early the next morning. (Un)Fortunately I had managed to purge most of the alcohol the night before so I felt fairly refreshed. Since I woke up pretty early I decided to grab some breakfast at the hotel and take a morning stroll. As I was returning to the hotel I ran into Annie and Exphile.
Annie: Morning Chan-san!
Exphile: You called him Chan-san?
Annie: Ah! John-san!
We exchanged some pleasantries and chatted a bit until the conversation moved towards my novembeard. I tried to explain the tradition behind the novembeard, but prostate cancer isn’t a word readily available in my Japanese vocabulary. I settled on just telling them that a lot of college students in the US don’t shave their beard during November. They seemed somewhat puzzled by the fact that guys would suddenly want to grow beards. I left them to ponder the magnificence of facial hair and made my way to the hotel lobby to meet up with Captain Crunch.
We went a temple dedicated to a guy so smart (I think) that he was declared the god of studying. I think it was only fitting that upon arrival we saw a monkey doing tricks. The temple reminded me of 90% of every other temple I’ve seen in Japan. I’m not really much of a temple connoisseur. I did pick up a charm for studying though.
After our short excursion we headed back to the hotel so we could get on the busses for the 7-hour ride home. Company trips our really exhausting -_-;